Stigma in Reporting Hate Crimes

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published April 20, 2017
Elizabeth talks to Aunna Dennis and Kevin Hogan about the stigma surrounding reporting hate crimes
Aunna Dennis

Aunna Dennis

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Kevin Hogan

Kevin Hogan

Links:

To Report Hate Incidents or Request Resources:
Communitiesagainsthate.org/report
1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283)

Aunna Dennis: https://lawyerscommittee.org/staff/aunna-dennis/

Healing Stigma website: http://www.healingstigma.com

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Ending Biphobia in LGBTQ Spaces is Not the Job of Bisexuals

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

When I first came out as bi, I eagerly sought out the LGBTQ community. Seeing that lovely shiny “B” right there in the acronym, I waited to be embraced by this new, wonderful rainbow of a community. I was taken aback that my first forays into this community space actually made me feel worse than I did before. The spaces I entered were very monosexual (experiencing attraction only to one gender, unlike bi, which is an attraction to two or more genders) focused. I felt awkward going to events with my partner, fearing I wasn’t “queer enough” and that I didn’t “deserve” to be included. At some events emcees regularly derided bipeople, either knowing we were in the room and simply not caring or they believed that we simply didn’t exist.

Aud Traher at Bisexual Week Rally at White House Aud Traher at Bisexual Week Rally at White House September 21, 2015

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Manthology with Nichole Robinson

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Published March 20, 2017
We are excited to bring comic book creator Nichole Robinson (aka Mosdakky) on to tell us about “Manthology” The new comic anthology that shines a refreshing light on stereotype tropes surrounding the typical gender roles in stories.
Links:

 Dakky Comics

The Lady Bugs

The Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creators League (aka The Lady Bugs) is an open group of women comic book enthusiasts and creators. Their primary mission is to create a safe space for women to share projects, make friends, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

The MANthology. The idea is to put men into roles typically reserved for women, to highlight the difference between how we treat men and women in the media.

Dakky Comics is creating Comics!

Become a Patreon!

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Bisexual Health Awareness Month 2017 With Denarii Monroe

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published March 9, 2017
Lynnette discusses #BHAM 2017 this year with Denarii Monroe. Denarii shares her idea for the theme for this year “Social Health” The new format for Bisexual Health Awareness Month breaks down the topic of Social Health into four focus areas (Friends, Family–chosen or of origin, Partners, and Community).

Links:

Follow the Bisexual Resource Center on their various social media outlets to stay connected with BHAM campaign updates:

@BRC_Central

facebook.com/biresource

biresource.org/blog

bihealthmonth.org

biresourcecenter.tumblr.com

Join the conversation! Use the following sample Tweets/posts to begin engaging in the campaign:

  • Did you know March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month? Follow @BRC_Central for updates. #BiHealthMonth
  • This year’s #BiHealthMonth is focused on Social Health. @BRC_Central will provide stats, resources, & opportunities for action during March!
  • Celebrate #BiHealthMonth with @BRC_Central by engaging with their campaign on Social Health in March!

After March 1st:

  • #BiHealthMonth is here! Follow the campaign at @BRC_Central.
  • I’m celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central’s campaign on Social Health!
  • We’re celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central’s campaign on Social Health!
You can find Denarii at:
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Teaching Blues

(By Cher Guevara)

 
I see teachers
Bent over piles of papers to be graded
On their coffee break,
Dribbling sugar and cream espresso
Over tests
That can’t wait for tomorrow.

I see teachers
With butterflies and dust
Drifting out of their pocketbooks;
Last dimes spent
On supplies,
On pencils and Kleenex.

I see teachers
Being vilified by the thundering talking heads
As perpetrators of propaganda,
Nothing but useful idiots
For the machinery of the state.

I see teachers
Being splattered with black paint,
The bloody spit of epithets;
“Union thugs!”
“Useless bureaucrats!”
“Spoiled and overpaid!”

I see teachers
With the hearts of mother bears
And father lions
Protecting their kids
At all costs,
Even willing to lay down their lives
In the face of another semi-automatic tragedy.

I see teachers
With the faith of the devout,
Believing in their students
More than the most pious on earth.
Holding strong
That their kids
Can learn anything,
Can do anything,
Can be anything.

I see teachers
Walking through dark valleys,
In the shadow of budget cuts,
In the blackness of vilification,
Walking tall
With hearts
Of love.

protest-devosThousands of teachers, students, and parents protested against Betsy DeVos in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alt Dept of ED/Twitter)

Interview With Lynnette McFadzen, President BiNet USA

Amy, Mick, Becca and Elizabeth have a chat with the new President of BiNet USA, Lynnette McFadzen
Links:

Welcome Home Lynnette McFadzen, BiNet USA President

“Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them”

“Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans”

“Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth”

“Accelerating Bi+ Acceptance” GLAAD Social Media Guide can be downloaded on from this page

welcome-lynnette-blog-graphicPhoto:Lynnette McFadzen (with purple hair on the right) at the 2016 Bisexual Community Briefing at the White House with Bisexual Resource Center co-president Heather Benjamin.

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Digital Hygiene For The Everyday Bisexual Activist

Join Lynnette as we learn how to protect our online presence, With Tom Limoncelli, author and speaker on many topics including system administration, time management, and grassroots organizing. Faith Cheltenham, bisexual activist and President of Binet USA. And Loraine Hutchins, bisexual activist, author and co-editor of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out.
Links:

BiCast Computer and Web Trainings plus Digital Hygiene Resources

Basic digital hygiene is about Passwords, Updates, and Phishing.

Tip #1: Protect your passwords:

  • Enable “2-factor authentication” (2FA)
  • Use a different password for each service.
  • Longer passwords that are easy to remember (a sentence or a song lyric).
  • Use a password manager to remember all your passwords for you.

Tip #2: Keep your computer/phone up to date:

  • Enable automatic updates when possible. Less work for you!
  • Run a good anti-Virus package (see below)
  • Mac: Use the Apple-> App Store -> Updates
  • Windows: Start menu, type “updates” and use the update center.
  • iPhone: Settings -> Updates
  • Android: My Apps (see this article)

Tip #3: Avoid being “phished”: (links that trick you into entering your password)

Email providers that are “above average” more secure:

  • Gmail.com
  • Outlook.com
  • Apple iCloud / Mail App
  • (In all cases, enable “Two Factor Authentication”)

Anti-Virus Software:

  • Stick with the “big names”: McAfee, Symantec Norton, Kaspersky, Avast
  • Reviews: link

Password Managers:

Phone Charger Condoms: (Turns a USB charging cable into a “charge only” cable, stopping any sync/data)

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The BiCast is a project sponsored by BiNet USA
A 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating for bisexual communities in the U.S

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